Wednesday, March 30, 2005
COWICHE - Rain, wind and intermittent hail was what greeted the Grandview High School boys soccer team when the Greyhounds got off the bus yesterday to play 1A Highland.
The cold weather, though, didn't prove to be the only problem for the 2A Greyhounds, as the Scotties came away with a 4-0 victory.
"It should have never been that way," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.
Holden said the weather was horrible, but what the game boiled down to was her team's inability to take advantage of scoring opportunities.
Grandview missed a couple of golden opportunities to score in the first half while playing with the wind at its back. Holden said these missed opportunities were key, especially when Highland was able to score late in the first half. The Scotties' Jose Guzman scored at the 35th minute to give Highland a 1-0 lead going into the break.
"They scored against the wind, so they had that psychological advantage," said Holden.
The Scotties came out strong in the second half, eventually scoring three goals. Highland scored at the 52nd minute, which was followed by a goal at the 64th minute by Miguel Estrada. Ryan Brekey added the final goal for the Scotties at the 79th minute.
The game was close statistically, as Highland only outshot Grandview 15 to 12 on goal.
Greyhound keeper Javier Magana had a good game in the box with 11 saves. Highland's keeper finished with nine saves.
Holden credits Highland with being able to play the type of game the Scotties did.
"They put a lot of pressure on us," said Holden.
Grandview (1-0, 1-3) plays host to Granger Thursday afternoon.